Former president of South Africa, and the country’s last head under the Apartheid regime, FW de Klerk has been hospitalised.

He was rushed to a Cape Town hospital on Friday.

“FW de Klerk was hospitalised at the Panorama Hospital with a condition known as pneumothorax – which is an abnormal collection of air in the pleural space between the lung and the chest wall,” the FW de Klerk Foundation said in a statement.

“He underwent a successful procedure this morning and it is expected that he will be discharged from hospital some time next week.”

Grandson of another former president, Nelson Mandela, wished de Klerk a speedy recovering, saying that he paid a beautiful tribute to his late grandfather.

“His words moved many to tears and his deep regard for the Father of the Nation was evident and palpable. He described Madiba as a man of principle and an extraordinary statesman and servant of the people‚” Mandla Mandela said. “We hold him in our hearts and pray that God grants him a full and speedy recovery.”

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She enjoys reading the works of Stephen King, and exploring the beauty of Cape Town and its surrounds.